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January 2016 archive

Jan 31

Intercontinental Devalues Points on the High End

Well, it had to happen. Intercontinental Hotels raised the high end of its reward prices from 50,000 points to 60,000 points for the most expensive hotels. It did so on only 13 hotels, and they were in places that you would expect, such as Paris, San Francisco and Las Vegas. Oddly, the Intercontinental in Times …

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Jan 29

Airbnb Goes Themed and a Las Vegas Starwood Promotion

Apparently, the Airbnb market has gotten pretty competitive. Over the long run, that should be good for customers, as competition will lower prices. To keep prices higher, some properties are going to interesting lengths to generate a premium. The Netflix Suite It’s a hotel room! It’s a movie theater! No, wait, it’s both! Yes, for …

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Jan 27

Carlson Hotels is up for Sale

Merger-mania is coming back to the hotel space, as Carlson Hotel Group, known for its Radisson brands, has put itself up for sale. Carlson, the former owner of TGI Fridays,* ran the eponymous “Club Carlson” rewards program. The program itself was a pretty good one and was known for running frequent promotions. It’s going to …

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Jan 26

JetBlue to Upgrade…Cabin Interior

While it already has the best entertainment for everyone and high-speed internet access with Fly-Fi, JetBlue is taking it up again, introducing several new or improved features to the 100 A320 aircraft. Features Wi-Fi will be available gate-to-gate, instead of simply once the plane lifts over 10,000 feet. Power outlets and USB ports at every …

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Jan 24

Bad Advice from Andie MacDowell

Okay, it’s been a rough weekend, so we’re keeping this one short. Bad Advice from Andie MacDowell Apparently, Andie MacDowell was not happy with AA after they moved her to coach with her dog when she had paid for first. Truthfully, reading through her Twitter account, she seems like a lovely person, but there are …

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Jan 22

Promotions for Your Perusal

It’s promotion season again and there are actually a few good ones out there. Here’s a quick glance: Virgin America: Double Points Virgin America is a program that I don’t talk about often, but it’s actually a pretty good one and the staff on the planes do an excellent job. Normally, you get five VA …

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Jan 20

Reader Question: Switching Hotel Programs

Reader question: My primary hotel program is Starwood but, since Marriott is buying them, should I just switch now? Thanks for the question. Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer that applies to everyone, but here’s what you need to think about. First, I don’t think the integration of the two loyalty programs, Marriott Rewards (MR) and …

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Jan 19

A Club Carlson Bonus and When Not To Get Miles

Club Carlson One of the things that I really like about the Club Carlson hotel program is that they run lots of little bonus offers. It’s the type of thing that can really add up over time, and they’re never particularly difficult to complete. The newest one is no exception: Stay at two different brands …

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Jan 16

Reader Question: Transferring Points between Airlines

Reader Question: Can I apply for the British Airways credit card, transfer the points to Alaska and use those points  to fly Emirates? Thanks for the question. The short answer is no, since it is very difficult to transfer points directly between airlines. But there are other options out there. There are a number of …

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Jan 15

Why Even Lightning Strikes are Better Overseas

Even I feel a little bit bad for the airlines on this one. European Airlines, whose involuntary denied boardings (IDB) are already governed by the particularly strict EC 261, lost another one in court when a British judge ruled that they owed passengers compensation for a cancelled flight due to a lightning strike. Ouch. Normally, …

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